Whitson Elementary School recently kicked off their new summer reading program, the Summer Warrior Reading Challenge. Through this program, each of the children in kindergarten through 4th grade will receive two new books and a bag to hold them. Then, each Thursday afternoon throughout the
summer, the children
can bring the books back
to the school and exchange them for different ones. In
August, Whitson will celebrate all students who read at least eight books over
the summer and completed the Summer Warrior Reading Challenge.
This reading program is brand new to Whitson Elementary and was made possible
thanks to donations from Title 1 Family Engagement, Barnes and Noble and from
Whitson families. Teachers and other Whitson staff members have volunteered
their time to help students exchange their books each week.
Summer reading is an important activity for students of all ages. Studies
show that students who read during the summer months gain reading skills, while
students who do not read during their time off school actually lose some of
their skills. The National Summer Learning Association estimates that students
lose about 2 months, or 22%, of their school year progress during a summer
without reading, and that teachers usually have to spend at least a month
re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer break.